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Poster: Scrim Date: Jan 8, 2009 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

I am thinking about flying down to California for the last two shows. I haven't been to either of these venues before, and would like some advice on where to stay and how to get to the shows.

Are there hotels within walking distance of each place? What are the best ones to stay at, or at least which ones to avoid?

Is there a subway/train that stops near each venue so that one could get a cool hotel farther away?

Would it be better to rent a car in LA and drive up to Mountain View and back or is the drive hideous and it would be better to fly into LA, then to SF, then home?

Any must-see attractions near each for someone who has only been to California once?

Looking forward to some live music. I Used to do shows on the east coast in the 80's and early 90's, then caught the Dead on New Years in Oakland, 2003-2004. Such a long long time to be gone, and a short time to be there...

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Poster: veblen Date: Jan 8, 2009 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

I just finished a contract in Mountain View and thought I would try to answer your questions.

Are there hotels within walking distance of each place?

There are hotels/motels in Mountain View and the surrounding area but the venue is kind of on its own between the freeway and the bay.

What are the best ones to stay at, or at least which ones to avoid?

I live here so I don't use them much...

There are many chain and locally owned hotels/motels along El Camino Real that runs South through Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, etc., etc...

(I shall look around a little for ya...)

Is there a subway/train that stops near each venue so that one could get a cool hotel farther away?

you can train into downtown mountain view and you can commute from there...

From San Jose and points South you can caltrain into downtown Mt View which is pretty close to Shoreline.

From San Francisco and points North you can caltrain into downtown Mt View. You can also use bart and other public transportation to connect to caltrain as well.

Here is a local transit map of shoreline and downtown mt view for your perusal.

Would it be better to rent a car in LA and drive up to Mountain View and back or is the drive hideous and it would be better to fly into LA, then to SF, then home?

How much do you like ot drive? It is about 400 miles so it isn't the short commute that I always hear about...

Any must-see attractions near each for someone who has only been to California once?

I guess it depends on your interests...

Silicon Valley, San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Oakland, Wine Country...lots of stuff to do and see...

Are you into computers? Mountain View is central to silicon valley...or sand valley...

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Poster: veblen Date: Jan 8, 2009 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

one other thing, be sure to check ticket prices into all three local airports: Oakland, SF and San Jose.

there can be some big differences between them so it is good to check all of the options.

for example: over the holidays I was looking to go to pittsburgh and couldn't find anything under 700 round-trip from SFO but then saw 400 from OAK....

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 8, 2009 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

The Forum is a festering sore on the underbelly of Los Angeles. I live within 15 miles and haven't crossed its threshhold since I last saw the GD there in 1989 and nothing will get me to enter it again, not even the boys.

Go to Shoreline, I hear it's beautiful.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Jan 8, 2009 8:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

Thanks everybody, I appreciate the input!

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Poster: roughyed85 Date: Jan 8, 2009 3:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

If you've got an extra day or two,drive the coast road through Big Sur. Stop in San Luis Obispo: cheap motels,good beer and live music - all in walking distance. The vineyards around this central area are worth visiting. And the spot where James Dean died.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 9, 2009 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

I love SLO...I don't know if it's the Hobbit-style street signs or the 10,000 beautiful girls, but it definitely has SOMEthing... :)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 9, 2009 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

Agreed - it's a nice, compact, laid-back college town w/ funky shops, good eats, etc. The walk/path by the river(creek) through middle of town is nice. Not a bad drive from 1 down from Carmel to there (although nicer views driving north).

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 9, 2009 6:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

Have fun man! Don't ask me for advice though because I always hated Shoreline. If you want to know about what to check out I can't speak much for LA but I could go on and on raving about the Bay Area. It's my former hometown. There's so much to checkout you'd need at least a week.I'd head north after the Shoreline show and spend at least a few days if I were you.Definitely ditch the car once you get there unless you plan on heading into Marin.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Jan 9, 2009 5:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

I'm already thinking of skipping the LA show, and then do some sight seeing and beer drinking on the coast after shoreline. I'll get back with you on local attractions as the time nears. Thanks

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 8, 2009 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Tour - The Forum and Shoreline

Scrim,

If you do LA pick a hotel by the airport. It's a 10 min cab ride to the Forum. The area around the forum is "sketchy".